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CISA Floats Plan to Partner with Local Universities for '311' Cyberattack Triage Service

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CISA director Jen Easterly said the development of a national cybersecurity alert system would help defenders “calibrate the level of intensity based on the fact that we know there are threats, potentially within a certain region or within a certain

Credit: U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) held its fourth Cybersecurity Advisory Committee meeting Tuesday, kicking off the latest round of recommendations from cyber experts for tasks the agency needs to take on.

The meeting featured announcements that a plan to create a '311' emergency call line and clinics for assistance following cyber incidents for small and medium-sized businesses is now in the works.

During yesterday's meeting, several subcommittees — made up of public and private cybersecurity experts who provide recommendations on policies, programs and planning — spoke about the need for some form of emergency services for organizations that cannot afford them on their own. 

Committee member Bobby Chesney, who serves as the dean of the University of Texas School of Law, said the 311 idea is now moving forward after being floated during the June meeting.

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